FINCH REACTS TO TROUBLING ALEC EVALUATION

Posted by on July 10, 2015

Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I-Springport) today expressed frustration regarding New York’s ratings in the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) annual economic scorecard.

“Leader Kolb and my legislative colleagues in the Assembly Minority have continually offered common-sense solutions to the problems identified in the ALEC report,” said Finch. “We’ve advocated for lower taxes and transformational regulatory reform. We are the conference of dynamic opportunities and entrepreneurial spirit.”

ALEC rated New York’s 2014 economic performance in the bottom third of all states. Even more troubling is its economic outlook for New York State moving forward. Based on fifteen policy variables, New York is ranked dead last in this forecast.

Finch hopes this report might encourage Assembly Majority members to revisit some of his legislation, including the Small Business Full Employment Act.

“What we’re doing is clearly not working,” said Finch. “Marketing gimmicks like Start up NY are simply ineffective. Spending millions to attract out-of-state businesses to tax free zones here is an affront to hardworking entrepreneurs that have struggled to keep their doors open for generations. Costly competitions that pick winners and losers don’t work either. Neither does crushing successful businesses with outrageous tax burdens. If we’re going to revitalize our economy, we need to redefine how we do business here,” said Finch.

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